“In the Footsteps of Francis and the Sultan” Lends to Understanding, Dialogue

Francis and the Sultan

Recently, I received a review copy of the fascinating DVD In the Footprints of Francis and the Sultan: A Model for Peacemaking. A project of Franciscan Media, this project was funded by a variety of sources, including the USCCB’s Catholic Communication Campaign. One of my favorite movie reviewers, Sr. Rose Pacatte, recently called the film [Read More...]

Countess, Tramp or Toothache Sufferer? — St. Elizabeth of Hungary Pray for Us

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

Today is one of my least favorite kinds of days. It’s a wake up early and do housework day, with just a touch of blogging thrown in here for good measure. We’re welcoming a special guest this weekend, so my gravely-neglected home needs a lot of TLC. I’ll admit it. I’m a domestic failure. My [Read More...]

Saint Kateri Celebrated as Model of Love, Faith and Virtue

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Mass of Celebration, Diocese of Fresno

On Sunday November 4, 2012, one week after Pope Benedict XVI’s canonization of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha at the Vatican, families from across California’s Central Valley came together in St. John’s Cathedral to celebrate. Bishop Armando Ochoa of the Diocese of Fresno presided over the mass in honor of the very first Catholic Native American saint. [Read More...]

Prayers for Our Loved Ones in Purgatory

All Souls

As we close out All Souls Day, I realize I’ve been remiss in something I’d been planning to do here on the blog. Today saw Pope Benedict XVI pausing for quiet prayer in the Crypt beneath St. Peter’s Basilica to remember the souls of the faithfully departed pontiffs who have gone before him. Seeing the [Read More...]

Are You a Saint in the Making?

saint

If you follow me in social networking venues, you’ll know that I’m somewhat obsessed with the lives of the saints. I blame/credit my parents, who first introduced me to these holy men and women in childhood and fostered in their children a deep desire for faith in our own lives. In those early years, seeds [Read More...]

Are You Augustine, Monica, Both or Neither?

St. Augustine and his mother, St. Monica

I’m at work on an interesting project — a foreword for a devotional book relating to the lives of St. Monica and St. Augustine. While I can’t say too much about the book at this point, suffice it to say that I’ve been thinking quite a lot about this saintly mother/son combo the past few [Read More...]

St. Jude Election Novena Begins Tomorrow

Saint Jude Color Full button

Along with finding your polling place location and studying your sample ballot, one of the great ways you can prepare for the upcoming election is by participating in the St. Jude Election Novena, which begins tomorrow. Click here for more information and to register. I love this Novena prayer circle for many reasons, not least [Read More...]

Blessed JP II, We Love You

My view of the Beatification of Blessed John Paul II

It feels fitting that today, the day after Pope Benedict XVI canonized seven new saints for a Church so greatly in need of heroic role models, we are celebrating the life of Blessed John Paul II. Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI presided over the Rite of Canonization and Eucharistic Celebration in honor of: James Berthieu Pedro [Read More...]


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